Free Resume Formats – What Works?

We’ve seen hundreds of resumes that have been formatted in different ways by our clients. Some of them are beyond description! You can enjoy a smile or two in our Resume Bloopers section if you want to see some great resume sentences.

What’s Available?

There are basically three resume formats or layouts that have become the standards in the job search market. There may be offshoots of these formats but these are the three that you will hear about the most and what employers are used to reviewing in today’s job market.

  1. The Chronological Format
  2. The Functional Format
  3. The Combination Format

Each resume format has its pros and cons and we cover each format in-depth on our site so you can make the best-informed decision.

What it basically boils down to is what you are looking for in a resume? We will offer you our best recommendation here but ultimately it will be up to you to decide.

So you may want to think about a few qualifiers as to what resume format is best for you. Here are some simple questions to ask yourself:

  • At what level am I currently in my work career? (first job, executive…)
  • What does my past employment history look like? (gaps, continual…)
  • What do I want employers to see on my resume? (skills, job history…)
  • What format will showcase me the best?

Once you have an idea as to what you are looking for in a resume, hopefully, your choice will be quickly answered!

You can review all of the free resume formats and see samples of them from our navigation bar here on the left.

If you’re ready to get going on creating your winning resume you can jump ahead to our easy Step-by-Step process and being creating your new powerful resume!

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